Link at the beginning with the GR 7 E4 Tarifa - Athens.
Link at the beginning with the SL-A 51 Las Arquillas
Partial coincidence in the mountains with the GR 245 Camino Mozarabic and with the SL-A 22 La Escaleruela
Antequera has a strategic position in the province, with the mountain backing its vocation as a border fortress, the fertile Llanos extending to the horizon about 500 meters above sea level and the Birth of the Villa supplying quality water. From this site, the Stage starts to the south, first entering clay hills with rainfed crops and then climbing one of the wildest landscapes of the entire Great Path, the Escaleruela, which goes towards the port of the same name.
The place name is due to the winding layout of the paved road, with steps from time to time to bridge the steep slope, sometimes with more than one branch. Despite this first impression, the place above is much less rough than expected, wide navas and working slopes between the Sierras de Chimenea to the west and Torcal to the east, with very opposing reliefs.
Practically downhill from there, from the predominant south direction you go west as the Path borders the hills of the Eagle and Gordo, which act as a hinge also with regard to the middle of the route, and then the landscape opens and a much more humanized field appears in which the farmhouses and some true population centers are happening. The road is almost straight, with a wide loop just to avoid the head of the Espino stream, with its multiple rebates, where it also changes terms for the second time.
Of the three farmhouses near the Antequera-dependent Path, the Walnuts, the Fig Tree and the Jewel, the latter is the largest and most compact urban planning. This relative proliferation of villages in the area is due to the encounter of two very important roads, that of Malaga to Bobadilla (from north to south) and that of Antequera, which is the one that is almost completely used in the Stage. Right at the crossroads, around some fountains, La Joya developed.
The last part goes between cereal and olive fields, along the watershed of a long hill, to the easternmost neighborhood of the Abdalajís Valley, ending in the vicinity of the iron bridge over the stream of the Stones.
Antequera has one of the largest concentrations of churches in all of Spain (about 30 temples in the urban center) of different architectural styles (gothic and baroque to date). Alongside them, it is worth highlighting its archaeological heritage, among which stand out the Dolmens of Menga, Viera and Romeral, declared World Heritage. Its historic center is also worth a visit with a good number of manor houses and mansions that are integrated into an architectural complex declared a Historic-Artistic Site. Highlights include the Alcazaba, the Palace of Nájera (City Museum), the Royal Collegiate Church of Santa María La Mayor.
In the Abdalajís Valley, several temples stand out and the Gangarro viewpoint located in the upper part of the municipality, coinciding with the hermitage of the Santísimo Cristo de la Sierra. From the geological and geographical point of view, the Abdalajís Valley mountain range and the Huma, Torcalillo, Chapel and Castle mountains are remarkable. The Abdalajís Valley is one of the most recognized free flight destinations at the regional and national level.